DISD Trims Budget Here and There, Keeps Teacher Pay Flat

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The $1.15 billion 2012-13 budget approved unanimously by DISD trustees last night contained no real surprises.

We already knew the state was cutting $37 million in funding. The district opted not to seek a tax increase, so to compensate, the district trimmed $22.8 million, or about 2 percent, from last year's budget, which itself was 5 percent less than the previous year's.

The budget cuts spending in a variety of places. A reorganization of custodial services, the closure of 10 campuses, decreased outside legal fees, and the consolidation of non-campus positions will save a combined $19.6 million.

Much of the rest falls on the backs of current staff. Non-campus employees will get a pay cut of 1.76 percent and, while teachers' pay will remain flat, elementary class size will grow from 18 to 20 students per teacher.

The district will also spend $5 million on establishing a school leadership academy to train principals, a cost offset through the sale of school buses to Dallas County Schools.

Also, did Mike Miles mention he's saved $1.2 million in administrative costs?

That's the estimate, at least. The exact savings won't be known until Miles hires another eight executive directors and another cabinet member. And who knows? Maybe the chief academic officer drives a hard bargain.


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11 comments
Shlbyreed
Shlbyreed

This appears to be satire.  Could anyone possibly be that ignorant?  Not likely.   The grotesque misspellings are the "tell." 

Kimberly Collins
Kimberly Collins

I volunteer in a DISD high school and the teachers are not at all spoiled. The teachers work their behinds off, and the principals are stellar. They care, and the school shows it. 

Its So Sad
Its So Sad

Uuuhh. What? First 3 words show that you haven't been in a classroom in the last 20 years+. As a student, teacher, parent, or observer. Whatever else you have to say, I DOUBLE-DOG-DARE YOU to volunteer in a DISD school for more than 4 hours. Then tell us about the spoiled rotten teachers.

East Dallas Dad
East Dallas Dad

 The only reason Cowan made that proposal is because he has changed his mind and is going to run for re-election. His non-binding resolution let's him position himself as a supporter of teachers without really having to do anything.

Chiggers!
Chiggers!

You hit all the notes. Beautiful!

Ytumamatambien
Ytumamatambien

 And I lay the blame squarely on people like Mike Mcnutty whom sat on the budget commision board and no matter how me tried to scream at him to listen to rank and file all he did was rubber stamp todd williams proposals...thanks mike your awesome......for miles that is.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Shhhhhhush. If we ignore him, he will go away. Probably not even an idiot. Just someone trying to get your goat.

Carol Anne
Carol Anne

could someone translate this for me into standard English. 

Broke Obummer
Broke Obummer

Spoiled rotten teachers are the reason AMERICA is now a faileur SOCIALIST state. They teach the LIE of evolution and critical thinking which distubs the fixed faith of our most preshious children. I saw we send all the libtard teachers and professors and their satanic UNIONS to quitmo with the Muslims adn terrorists cause thats what they do, terrorize our children and stop them thinking about Jesus and the USA. Instead what do they do. Suck up money along with their commie UNIONS. Tax money from hard working Godfearing REAL Americans. So all along some illegel Mexicans can come in and get free healthcare and FREE EDUCATION!!! Wake up AMERICA!!! This is the end its over until we get Obama and his Marxist Saul Alinsky inspired ACORN volunteers and Black Panthers out of the WHITE HOUSE and out of this county. We need beeter leaders like Bush and Regan instead of policisons like OBAMA and his Chicgo thugs!!!

Michael MacNaughton
Michael MacNaughton

The district is staffed at an average of 20/1 student to teacher ratio but the board has already approved a 24/1 ratio. This simply means that the budget will continue to be balanced on the backs of the teachers. So the raise, which would cost the district about $17.5M, would probably be offset by firing 350 teachers. But when it comes right down to it, the Board ceded power to the new superintendent - in his contract - and Miles can set the pay to whatever he desires without prior board approval. It's a nice gesture on Trustee Cowan's part but that's about all.

Eyes Wide Open
Eyes Wide Open

After paying all those six-figure salaries to paper-pushing bureaucrats, it's hard to find anything left over for people who actually do real work.  

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